Crony capitalism has been at the core of the Obama administration’s domestic policy. From health care to energy, banking to automobiles, they have sought to consolidate and manage a static economy through the collusion of big government, big business, and big labor. This has meant choosing a few big players to favor, treating them essentially as public utilities, and squeezing out competitors both in the private economy and in civil society. And the big players in each sector have of course fully cooperated and benefitted from it all. But many Republicans, wary of seeming to be critical of private companies rather than just the government, have not quite found the language in which to criticize this deeply troubling trend. Mitt Romney in particular would be wise to take up the subject, and would be especially well positioned to do it (and to use it to lay out the nature of his own quite different experience in the private economy, beyond the Obama campaign’s ludicrous caricatures). He would do well to start by reading Irwin Stelzer on the subject in the new Weekly Standard. And you should too.
Netflix has reportedly banned workers from looking at each other for more than five seconds as part of its new anti-harassment rules. The new policy also bans the company’s film crews from asking their colleagues for their phone numbers, according to an article in the Sun. "Senior staff went to a ... Read More
I know this is ancient history, but — I’m sorry — I just can’t let it go. When historians write the definitive, sordid histories of the 2016 election, the FBI, Hillary, emails, Russia, and Trump, there has to be a collection of chapters making the case that Hillary should have faced a jury ... Read More
You’ve got to hand it to Michael Horowitz: The Justice Department inspector general’s much-anticipated report on the Clinton-emails investigation may be half-baked, but if it is, it is the most comprehensive, meticulously detailed, carefully documented, thoughtfully reasoned epic in the history of ... Read More
On Thursday, the Justice Department inspector general released a sprawling 568-page report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton emails investigation in 2015-16 by the FBI and DOJ. There's far too much in the report to detail here in one bite, as it covered (among other things): The decision not to charge ... Read More
Dear Reader (Including those of you who are no longer my personal lawyer), Almost 20 years ago, I wrote in this space that the movie A Simple Plan was one of the most conservative movies of the 1990s. In case you haven’t seen it, the plot is pretty straightforward, almost clichéd. It focuses on three men ... Read More
If you wade through the entire inspector general's report, consider the content and tone of the FBI correspondence quoted within it, and ponder the timeline, you will finally get an answer to the key question I, and millions of Americans, have asked: If key members of the FBI were actually biased against Donald ... Read More